Welcome and thanks to all Members, new and old, who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club. I'm excited to report that our Club Membership for the year has increased 15% over last year. This is a testament to the fact that we have one of the best, if not the best, fly fishing clubs in the region and it is our Members that make a difference! I would like to remind you all that 2014 Club Membership dues are due by the end of March. Our Membership Chairman will be contacting those of you who we show as unpaid to date in the hopes of getting those folks to renew for 2014. A special “thank you” goes to Jim Bellinghieri for stepping up as the Membership Chairman replacing Tim Fahey and also to Jim Lovegrove for filling in until we found someone to take over the post.
We desperately need a Program Coordinator to replace Ed Rapisardi who has stepped aside from this roll after serving it well for many years. If you have any speaker/program ideas, please let any Board Member know. Monthly presentations may be seriously in question if we can't get someone to take over as coordinator. If you are interested please contact me quickly!
The “Bass n' Bagels” freshwater day trip was held at Bonita Pond in The Villages. The fourteen Club Members who attended the outing were treated to donuts, bagels and coffee. Although only a couple of fish were caught, the group was kept entertained by Tom's many fish stories.
Project Healing Waters (PHW) update:
PHW National Headquarters has received our agreement and has sent it along to the VA for approval. Once approved, we can contact the VA Rehab Clinic on CR-42 in The Villages and get the ball rolling with a meeting day, time, place and volunteer schedule. Special thanks to Mike Winter and Steve Lusen in volunteering to head up this worthwhile project. For more information, please give me a call or if you are not familiar with this organization, please check out their website at:
If you missed February's meeting, Captain Tim Kissane and Vice Commander Jim Dunn, Small Vessel Examiners for the Coast Guard Flotilla 43, spoke about boater and vessel safety. If anyone would like to have their boat or kayak inspected with the examiners, please let me know and I'll get you in touch with them. There is no charge for the inspection.
Upcoming events include Davey's Fly Swap (bigger and better this year) and The Villages Outdoor Expo in March. Also, we need fly tying and casting volunteers for the Dad's for Boys program at Lake Yale/Umatilla in April.
Tom has some awesome day trips lined up in March with a freshwater trip to John's Lake down in Clermont and a jaunt over to Homosassa for some saltwater fishing where you can expect to catch sea trout, ladyfish, and snapper and maybe even a snook. Don't forget to wave at the monkeys on Monkey Island on your way out to the river! In addition, we of course have the Belize, Mexico, Club Trip. In April, Tom takes us to the St. John's River in Astor, FL, for trophy bass and Crystal River for more saltwater action. Future trips will include Cherokee, NC in May and the Sebastian Inlet in June.
For information and dates for any of the upcoming presentations, events or Club trips, please see our website Calendar Page.
The Hardy Demon Streamer, Alexandra, White Wulff, Old Gray Mare, Partridge and Orange, Western Coachman...what? Aren't those trout flies? I read an interesting article entitled "Historic Trout Flies for Bream and Bass"
in the winter 2014 edition of Fly Fisher
, the IFFF magazine. Using flies dating back to the early 1800's and 1900's as well as over 400 years ago, to catch Florida warm water fish intrigued me. Tom Logan, a retired certified wildlife biologist from Tallahassee, Florida does just that. He enjoys tying classic trout patterns and fishing them for southern bream and bass here in Florida. Tom says "Logic would suggest that if they're (flies) still around after 400 years, they must catch fish." Give them a try; I think you'll be as surprised as I was.
In the meantime...go fish! -- Larry Nazzaro